As today marks the inaugural United Nation’s International Day of Girl Child, a day to promote girls’ human rights, let’s reflect on why it matters to invest in girls.
Study after study has shown that education for girls and women has ripple effects within the family and across societies. Girls who have been educated are more likely to marry later in life, have smaller and healthier families, and have greater job prospects.
Writing in TrustLaw’s The Word on Women blog, CIPE Global Program Officer Anna Nadgrodkiewicz makes a strong case for why gender equality matters for development. In addition to being a matter of basic equity, excluding women in the workplace and in government is bad for economic development, leading to lower output from workers, less productive agriculture, and less spending on the kinds of infrastructure and human capital investments that developing countries desperately need. “Therefore,” she writes, “the persistence of gender inequality must be viewed as negative not only in its own right but also as an economic and social loss that hinders a country’s long-term development prospects.”
But providing equal economic opportunities for women in the workplace may not be enough. Only when more women actively participate in the political and civil spheres can societies reach their full potential.
Read the whole article at TrustLaw’s The Word on Women blog.
(Credit: Alberto Barreto; reprinted with permission, CIPE)
Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, takes on a difficult subject of abuse and other war-induced horrors that women suffered during the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s. In a recent reaction to the movie (summed up by “you should see it — but expect to be pounded”) Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor in chief of Atlantic Live, talks about the broader issues it raises: the issues of women’s equality and empowerment around the world.
He emphasizes that much of the world lags behind in terms of equal rights for women in peace time, let alone during war, and that it is our shared responsibility to raise awareness of the barriers wormen face and the burdens they shoulder every day. One way to do so is through images that tell this story. They may come in a form of a film like Jolie’s one. But other ways of conveying the message – such as editorial cartoons – can be highly effective as well. Clemons says, “awareness-wrangling is important elsewhere and political cartoons can generate a viral edginess that inspires and empowers others to insist on equality.”
That is precisely what CIPE’s editorial cartoon contest set out to do. By attracting more than 1,000 entries from around the world in three categories — democracy, corruption, and gender equality – it helped inspire people in different countries to find a common language on the issues of global importance.
In the category of gender equality, Steve Clemons’s favorite is the cartoon featured here. He explains, “The entry pasted above of the world on the back of an old cleaning woman evoked the strongest response from me — and was one of the semifinalists in gender equality. It was done by El Tiempo (Columbia)’s political cartoonist Alberto Barreto. This cartoon, at least in my reading of it, depicts the doubled down abuse that women worldwide endure. First, they are expected to do the tasks many men won’t do, holding the world and countries and their homes and communities together — while nonetheless being looked down upon.”
It is a powerful cartoon indeed and there are many others, chosen by a distinguished panel of CIPE contest’s judges, that you should make sure to see. Follow these links to see the winners in gender equality and the remaining two categories as well as semi-finalists. And spread the word to make a difference.
The online polls for our 2011 Global Editorial Cartoon Competition have now closed. Thank you to the 8,000 of you who voted, and also to the hundreds of talented cartoonists from more than 70 countries who submitted their work.
We are in the process of getting in touch with the winners and plan to announce the final results on or around Wednesday, November 30. Watch this space for more details.
In the meantime, you can see all of our semi-finalists’ cartoons here.
Can you capture the complex ideas of democracy, corruption, and gender equality in one simple, universal image? Do you want to win $1,000 in the process? If you answer yes to either one of these questions, then you should participate in CIPE’s new 2011 Global Editorial Cartoon Competition.
One image can communicate more than dozens of pages of text or hours of speeches. One image can change the course of history. Editorial cartoons draw attention to important political, economic, and social issues like nothing else. Using symbols or visual metaphors, their reach transcends country borders and language barriers.
We invite you to take part in this exciting new initiative. We will be looking for original, relevant, creative cartoons with a universal message. We have assembled a fantastic panel of judges, including Tom Gibson, a founding cartoonist of USA Today and Pat Oliphant, Pulitzer Prize Winning and world’s most widely syndicated cartoonist.
Most importantly, the competition is open to participants of all ages, professional and amateur cartoonists. Take part and draw attention!
The theme of this photo contest brings to mind Tashabos, Efham, and a number of other CIPE partner programs that deserve to be showcased – spread the word!
As part of the initiative to promote gender equality in education, UNESCO Bangkok – along with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), East Asia and Pacific (EAP) and South Asia (SA) – is pleased to invite entries for the Photo Contest 2009 on the theme of: Reversing Realities: Seeking Gender Equality in Education.
The 13 winning photos will be announced at the end of September 2009. The winners will receive official certificates of merit. The winning photographs will also be featured in the UNESCO Bangkok and UNGEI (EAP and SA) combined “Gender in Education Calendar 2010”, which is to be distributed widely throughout Asia and beyond. The winning photographs will also be posted on the organizers’ respective websites.
All entries must be received at the UNESCO Bangkok office by 31 July 2009.
See for details: http://www.ungei.org/infobycountry/thailand_2115.html